W. H. Auden: Musée des Beaux Arts

(1351 words)

Musée des Beaux Arts, based on Pieter Brueghel's painting, The Fall of Icarus, which hangs in the art gallery of that name in Brussels, was written in September 1938 and first published in New Writing, Spring 1939, the same year in which Auden had published his “In Memory of WB Yeats” with its sobering lines:

....Mad Ireland hurt you into poetry.
Now Ireland has her madness and her weather still,
For poetry makes nothing happen: it survives
In the valley of its saying…

The socialist hopes for a better world in the 1920s and 30s had manifestly collapsed with the Munich agreement on September 30th 1938, the defeat of the Spanish Republic on …

Please log in to consult the article in its entirety. If you are a member (student of staff) of a subscribing institution (see List), you should be able to access the LE on campus directly (without the need to log in), and off-campus either via the institutional log in we offer, or via your institution's remote access facilities, or by creating a personal user account with your institutional email address. If you are not a member of a subscribing institution, you will need to purchase a personal subscription. For more information on how to subscribe as an individual user, please see under Individual Subcriptions.

Early, Patrick. "Musée des Beaux Arts". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 11 April 2006
[http://www.litencyc.com/php/sworks.php?rec=true&UID=16889, accessed 01 October 2016.]